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    Art Modell Dead Of Heart Failure at 87

    Art Modell, former owner of the Baltimore Ravens has died. Modell passed away early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was being treated for heart failure.

    Modell bought the Cleveland Browns in 1961 and moved the team to Baltimore in 1996. The team was renamed the Baltimore Ravens, and returned professional football to Charm City after a 13 year absence.

    In 2004 Modell sold the majority interest in the Ravens to current owner Steve Bisciotti, but Modell remained active with the team as a minority owner. Art Modell also played a role in making the NFL what it is today. He was president of the league from 1967-69, chaired negotiations during the first collective bargaining agreement with players and helped bring professional football to Monday nights.

    Art Modell was 87 years old. His wife, Patricia, died last year.

    Thursday, September 6 2012, 06:49 AM EDT

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    Thanks for bringing football back to our city
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    Damn, that sucks. I also agree with mh5150 - thanks for bringing football back to Baltimore!!!
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    Well that is fucking great for you people from Baltimore but how am I supposed to feel? Sure your wife left you but what did you do? You stole my wife away from me. I can't congratulate that or say "well I deserved the pain in order to make you feel better."

    Anyway I understand you guys got fucked but remember your victory resulted in the same action being played out in another city. Two wrongs don't make a right.

    Feel real mixed right now because I know Art was a decent man but man did he fucking rip the heart out of this city. I feel sorry for his family because they lost a father, grandfather and possibly a great grandfather. However I don't feel sorry for the man. Yeah we got football back but compared to what we had and what transpired after when the team moved, it hurts.

    Anyway Art, I hope you burn awhile because you did create hardship in this city for a few years. I knew people who relied on the income the team brought in and were hurting outside of the football team. However hopefully you do your penance and can join your wife Pat in a better place.

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    Irsey ( that drunk Mother F*cker) is the one who needs to burn. We Baltimore got shafted twice .
    Cleveland got your name and colors back. We got told to build a museum .
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    died of heart failure huh? I never would have guessed that he had a heart

    RIP anyway

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    I still think he is more hated in Cleveland than John Elway

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehunt5150 View Post
    Irsey ( that drunk Mother F*cker) is the one who needs to burn. We Baltimore got shafted twice .
    Cleveland got your name and colors back. We got told to build a museum .
    Well Art and Baltimore were going to take the colors and name however the NFL relented and made a deal for them to stay in Cleveland after much protest.

    I agree your city got fucked by the NFL with the Colts move and with the NFL passing a team in favor of Carolina and Jacksonville. However you welcomed the moving trucks no differently than the people of Indianapolis. T I agree that Irsay should have his feet held to the flame but he should be there sharing it with Art because they both tore the hearts out of undeserving cities. Maybe Paul Brown can light the match

    However I do offer condolences to his family because football is nothing compared to losing a family member.

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    The Browns leaving Cleveland is still one of the most shocking things to ever happen in sports. Still can't believe it happened.
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    I still think he is more hated in Cleveland than John Elway

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    Wasn't Elway's fault that Byner dropped that ball on the two......
    Oh I know, but it is easier to hate Elway AND Modell

    You know us Cleveland fans....we can hate with a passion!
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    Well Art and Baltimore were going to take the colors and name however the NFL relented and made a deal for them to stay in Cleveland after much protest.

    I agree your city got fucked by the NFL with the Colts move and with the NFL passing a team in favor of Carolina and Jacksonville. However you welcomed the moving trucks no differently than the people of Indianapolis. T I agree that Irsay should have his feet held to the flame but he should be there sharing it with Art because they both tore the hearts out of undeserving cities. Maybe Paul Brown can light the match

    However I do offer condolences to his family because football is nothing compared to losing a family member.
    I may be mistaken but all Cleveland had to do to keep the Browns was build a stadium? I guess we can agree to disagree on Mr. MODELL .
    BALTIMORE lost records , championships .Everything having to do with Colts . Modell did see what Baltimore was offering for a team and took it for himself.
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    There is quite a bit of revisionist history that has gone on over the past few years with Model and his "legacy." ESPN ran a piece that was probably 50% false a few years back.

    Doing this from memory so details can be sketchy. Municipal Stadium was either needing to be replaced or updated. Mind you every game there would be 80k. No tarps, blackouts, etc. Fans came to this piece of shit stadium that smelled like Eddie's ass in 2004 to root for the Browns. Anyway Model being a poor businessman was basically bankrupt. He had to take many loans to finance the Andre Rison signing because he didn't have money to cover the signing bonus.

    Anyway he had controlling rights to the stadium and rented it to the Indians. Back around 1990, Cleveland offered a proposal to the Indians and Browns about a new stadium. Would hold about 70k which was lower than the 80k. Model said no due to loss of revenue. So he balked and tried to pitch a 100 million makeover for the old stadium. The city said the Indians are going to leave so we need a stadium. Put a referendum on the ballot for a new one to be paid by a Sin Tax and it passed. They built the Gateway Complex for both the Indians and Cavs. The Browns were going to wait but one would get done. Model at this time agreed but was stalling with proposed plans because he was working on moving the team and had an offer from Baltimore. He was having conversations with city officials even though he had signed the deed. He moved and within a few years was forced to sell the team because he couldn't manage money.

    In a nutshell the Indians actually told the city that they would move without a new stadium so the city moved on that first. The Browns had zero attendance problems so the city put the Indians on the fast track and told Model that. He went ahead and moved the team because he was flat broke. Instead of looking for help, he just moved.


    It is a shame that Baltimore lost their records but we were going to do the same thing but we fought. Maybe you guys should have stirred the hornets nest a bit more? Maybe you getting fucked over gave pause to the NFL to give our records back? Who knows.

    Anyway it has been forgotten but here is a kudos to the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers organization for standing up and voting against the move to Baltimore.

    For the record, Elway beat the Browns. Model beat Cleveland. Big difference. At least Elway did it the right way.

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    I don't understand why people get so angry about a sports team moving.

    It's a business, that simple. He owns the business, he can move it if he wants to.

    I have lived in DC most of my life. I'm a Redskins fan, but if they move to Los Angeles next year, I really wouldn't be upset about it at all.
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    Side note, I always laugh when Baltimore is called Charm City.

    Obviously, who ever came up with that meant it as a joke or they haven't ever been there.
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